Whatever your handicap, when pitching, you must get a good feel of distances to give yourself an opportunity to make a birdie on a par-5 or save par on a par-4.

Many golfers believe pitching is a swing with arms, but it’s not. It’s really important to turn your shoulders and core through the ball.


A simple way to obtain consistent distance control is to think in terms of a 20-yard shot as a 20 mph speed and 30 yards as a 30mph speed. Therefore, the longer the shot, the faster you move your body.

To get a good turn through the ball, try pitching with just your right arm (righthanded golfers).



Grip down the handle, so the club isn’t so heavy, and feel like your body is moving the club back and through. Keep wrist break to a minimum and feel like your arm is connected to your body.

Another way to think of pitching is like a clock face with 9 o’clock being halfway and 10 o’clock being a three-quarter shot. Knowing your distances with these two numbers will give you an idea of the distances you hit your wedges. Practise with every wedge you have to gain the correct distances with each.

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